Welcome! In case you don’t know me (and I’ve heard there are people who look at the blogs of people they don’t know), here are the basics:
I was born in Michigan, grew up in North Carolina, and studied journalism and Russian at the University of Richmond. I’ve now forgotten most of the Russian, and all of the journalism.
After college, I spent two years in Europe (Prague and Budapest) teaching English to high school students, businesspeople, and nuclear research facility workers. I then enrolled in graduate studies at Regent College and graduated in 2008 with a Master of Divinity. I briefly worked part time at a church and drove a school bus, and in 2009 I married my lovely wife, whom I met in Alaska while we were driving tour buses.
Now I live in Bellingham, WA and work as an editor at Lexham Press, the publishing arm of Faithlife Corporation (makers of Logos Bible Software). You can see some of the projects I’ve worked on here. In addition to my regular job, I sometimes take on freelance editing projects. If you’re a publisher who is looking for a freelance editor or proofreader, take a look at my editing page.
I am an evangelical (sometimes I say “orthodox,” and other times “committed”) Christian. Sometimes I wonder whether the word evangelical is worth using, because it can have negative overtones—mostly because of the way US evangelicals have behaved politically in recent times. But despite the word’s slippage, I like what it has meant historically and, perhaps foolishly, insist on using it.
“All is Grist” comes from the saying “All is grist that comes to the mill,” which means that everything that is received or obtained is put to use. G. K. Chesterton is one of my favorite authors, and he wrote a collection of essays with the title All Is Grist.
I gave that title to my blog because I believe all things, people, and events are connected in some way. I believe nothing is random. I believe the ultimate force behind the universe is personal, and loving. So what I do here is make connections: between what I read and what I see (and because I read a lot, many of my posts are book reviews), between what I think and what I experience, and between everything and Christ, who holds all things together (Col 1:17).
I reserve the right to change my mind if I come to see something in a new way. The opinions expressed here belong to me. They don’t belong to my church, my employer, or any other group I am associated with.